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York Minster is a must-see on a visit to York. There’s loads to see and do, from staggering stained glass windows to the most magnificent view of the city from the very top (if you can manage the steps!). Churches aren’t always the most exciting experience for children, but the Minster team has done a great job in engaging younger visitors.

What could otherwise be a frustrating experience for little ones can be transformed into an exciting one by picking up one of the Explorer Backpacks from the information desk. An I-Spy game, giant magnifying glass, telescope and puzzle pack really get kids interested in what they’re seeing. It’s a great idea and means that everyone can enjoy a visit to this spectacular place. Older children will enjoy a walk up the tower for the views from the top.

Good to know – You’ll need to seek out the backpacks at the information desk but it’s well worth doing if you’re with small children. York residents get in for free, but you’ll need to show your York Card or other proof of address. Deans Gardens (just out the front of the Minster) are good for a runaround or picnic afterwards. There are regular fun holiday activities that are well worth checking out. And don’t miss their carol services during December, especially the Crib Service if you’re with younger children. It’s really special.



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